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We Discover Clark Gable’s Jaguar XK120 Hidden Beneath The Brickyard

We Discover Clark Gable’s Jaguar XK120 Hidden Beneath The Brickyard

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 26 Jun 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

Clark Gable would win over audiences and critics alike with performances in films like A Free Soul, Red Dust, and San Francisco but his first forays into Tinseltown were met with a less than enthusiastic response. Initially considered too rough to play a romantic lead by studio decision makers, it was not until undergoing grooming and training by his acting coach that Gable came to epitomize the American ideal of masculinity and virility. And boy, did he like cars.

Beware the Black Cat of Pebble Beach Circuit

Beware the Black Cat of Pebble Beach Circuit

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Jun 2015
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The Del Monte Forest of Pebble Beach, CA is a serene place on an overcast Thursday afternoon, as the crisp ocean breeze flows a gentle fog through the pines. It is so quiet and peaceful that it's hard to imagine that between 1950 and 1956, these narrow roads through the dense forest were used as a racetrack. My name is Joshua Scherling, I drive a 1952 Jaguar XK120 on the old Pebble Beach circuit.

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Light and Loud: This Exige is Lotus Incarnate

Light and Loud: This Exige is Lotus Incarnate

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jun 2015
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There are few companies as synonymous with light weight as Lotus is. What began as, essentially, hill climb “trials” cars, Colin Chapman and Lotus have morphed over the years from a pure race car manufacturer into one that’s known more for its road cars. If you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, however, this Italian-owned Exige S1 is about as raw as Lotus gets these days.

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Freedom on Four Wheels: “La Poderosa” Lives for the Wild

Freedom on Four Wheels: “La Poderosa” Lives for the Wild

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jun 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

“This Land Rover is very simple. The idea behind the vehicle is to go as many places as possible, using as few resources as possible,” photographer Sean Reagan says. He, Mittie Roger, and their Land Rover Defender “la poderosa” are on an adventure—with no end in sight.

Listen to the Triumph TR7’s Epic Crime Movie-Inspired Soundtrack

Listen to the Triumph TR7’s Epic Crime Movie-Inspired Soundtrack

By Geoffrey Cole / 11 May 2015
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You may think it strange, but I enjoy listening to the type of soundtrack music you might find on a film like Get Carter, Bullitt or The Ipcress File. Much crime drama TV produced during the ’70s used these films as their model, and a huge number were produced all requiring incidental music. Weirdly, one of these tracks was used to promote the Triumph TR7.

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What’s Cool About the Record That Star Wars’ Idris Elba Broke in a Bentley?

What’s Cool About the Record That Star Wars’ Idris Elba Broke in a Bentley?

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 May 2015
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The beach is Pendine Sands, a seven mile beach now owned and operated by the Ministry of Defense* but beloved by speed demons. This stretch of sand has seen many hot rod and speed attempts, but apparently the Ministry of Defense has also used it as a bombing range for decades. Signage of unexploded ordinance is still displayed to this day, which makes the size of Elba’s record a bit more substantial.

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6 Reasons To Drive A Lotus 7

6 Reasons To Drive A Lotus 7

By Brendan McAleer / 30 Apr 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

The Lotus Super Seven is perhaps the simplest and most elemental of sportscars. It is wheels, engine, seats, a pop-eyed face like a praying mantis, and bodywork like an early aeroplane. Conceived in 1957 as a very low-budget club-racer, it found a home racing on the decommissioned WWII runways of England. And here are six more reasons you should love it.

This Aston Martin V8 Is a Shared Experience for Father and Son

This Aston Martin V8 Is a Shared Experience for Father and Son

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Apr 2015 / 14 Comments Read More

“I’ve fallen in love. I don’t have any desire to drive another car. The smell of the leather, the feel of the steering wheel…it’s art,” says Paul Kitchen, half owner of this beautiful 1977 Aston Martin V8 Series 3.

The other owner of the car is Paul’s gearhead dad, Jonathan. After years of hard work, they’ve managed to transform this once ratty, purple-painted barn find into the stunning coupe you see here.

The Story of an Early MGB in a Fascinating Place

The Story of an Early MGB in a Fascinating Place

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Apr 2015
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This is an MGB Mk 1, Tartan red with a black interior and red piping, as-finished from the factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire when it was built in February 1963. The MGB was only first shown to the public at exhibition in the summer of 1962, making this car an early example. The car and I live in Sarpsborg, in the southeastern part of Norway—a landscape that offers lots of nice roads for classic cars.

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A Triumph Thunderbird Bluebird Brought Back from the Dead

A Triumph Thunderbird Bluebird Brought Back from the Dead

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Mar 2015
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It may not look like it now, but my ownership of this 1951 Triumph Thunderbird “Bluebird” started out disassembled in three Rubbermaid containers! I say my love of vehicles is genetic, inherited from my father, so like many of you when I saw a small Craigslist ad for the motorcycle indicating only a “matching frame and engine”, I knew exactly what I was in for.

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Perfect Anti-heroes: Diabolik and the Jaguar E-Type

Perfect Anti-heroes: Diabolik and the Jaguar E-Type

By Jacopo Villa / 13 Mar 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Diabolik is a cult Italian comic book that narrates the story of an astute, highly intelligent thief who has been an anti-hero for many years. Born in the 1960s, Diabolik was conceived as a refreshing evening read for passengers of Milanese evening commuter trains—and has remained popular ever since.

To understand how a uniquely Italian master thief came to use a Jaguar E-Type as his getaway car, and why the series has been such an influence on modern culture, I met with the CEO of Diabolik, Mario Gomboli. Read on to see how this ‘bad boy’ criminal has evolved over the years